Plenty of toys give a ghost of a chance
THERE is a swag of great-looking games arriving in time for the jolly red chap to shimmy down various chimneys.
One of the most significant is the latest Call Of Duty: Ghosts, a game that is also available on the older games platforms.
Call Of Duty is the biggest seller on the new Xbox, and it is no surprise.
It features plenty of multi-player options too, plus a single player plot with a catastrophic beginning.
As the game begins an American satellite-based super weapon is hijacked and turned against the United States.
The resulting devastation weakens the US and makes it vulnerable to a new rising power known as the South American Federation.
This new force invades America and it is up to you to help stem the tide.
This won't be easy as for once the US is outmanned and outgunned. However it still has a cadre of highly capable special forces "super soldiers", and gradually, as the game unfolds, you join these elite ranks and take on a variety of missions that see you battling overwhelming odds.
As a Ghost you have a few really cool weapons up your sleeve and the game tosses plenty of fun technology your way.
The most significant new weapon in your arsenal is not purely a hunk of technology though, as you can telepathically control Riley, the US Army killer canine.
Riley is great fun to use and brilliant at infiltration and silent assassination deep behind enemy lines. He is also a great scout and can give you intelligence on areas you plan on assaulting. You can assign him tasks or even take control of Riley directly and as such he is a welcome addition to the game.
The game sends other great toys your way too, with helicopters, GPS-controlled air strikes and really sneaky remote-controlled sniper emplacements too.
Call Of Duty: Ghosts delivers exactly the thrill laden, heavily scripted, big body count driven fun we'd expect from the series, but now on the Xbox One it looks so much better than the more basic PS3 and 360 iterations of the game. The explosions, and particle effects when debris is hurled around the place are more impressive, but the game is a winner all round.
Call Of Duty: Ghosts
Format: Xbox One